'Rogue One' Actor Riz Ahmed Drops Some Serious Bars In This Song About Immigrants
“Immigrants – we get the job done.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton (an award-winning Broadway musical), has released a music video for one of the songs on the ‘Hamilton mixtape‘ which features tracks from the likes of Usher, Sia, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Chance The Rapper and more. The song, titled ‘Immigrants (we get the job done)’, features a diverse mixture of musical talent.
Riz Ahmed (aka. Riz MC) features on the track alongside Daveed Diggs (who also stars in the Hamilton production) and rappers K’naan, Residente and Snow Tha Product. The song originates from a line in “Yorktown”, a song which features in the Broadway musical.
“Immigrants – we get the job done” is the iconic line that echoes throughout the song, as each artist takes a verse to spit some hard-hitting rhymes on the gruelling topic.
Riz Ahmed’s musical background truly shines through when his verse arrives, as the lyrical genius smoothly slips in a Star Wars reference (‘The British Empire strikes back‘) whilst highlighting the prejudices against immigration in the United Kingdom and all over the globe.
In the video, many of the artists rap in their native language, as images of hard-working people appear on the screen. The song showcases the beauty of immigration, and such a symbolic video has arrived with unequivocally ample timing.
Donald Trumps’ travel ban was recently reinstated in the US, with some brand new conditions that may potentially split families apart. Cousins and grandparents are just some of the relatives that don’t apply under the term “close family”, thus rendering it much more difficult for families to be reunited if separated across different countries due to immigration.
The message behind this new song from the Hamilton mixtape falls directly in line with the basis of this issue, highlighting that immigrants are hardworking, essential and more than anything, humans too. The song carries an inspirational tone as the words “It’s not over yet” are incorporated into the backing vocals, suggesting that the hard work must continue for the benefits to be sewn. Immigrants are shown working in farms, meat shops and so forth – a literal display of the jobs that are sometimes taken by people with no other choice.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News today, the video’s producer, Robert Rodriguez said, “It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word… This [song] helps reclaim it and put back in perspective that this is a land of immigrants. It should be celebrated.”
The video’s director Tomas Whitmore also said that the project felt like “a really unique opportunity to give a voice to the immigrant narrative […] There are a lot of people that make this country great and that we don’t often get to see in mainstream media.”
This week, Lin- Manuel Miranda also launched a charity campaign titled #Ham4All, which asks people to donate cash to an immigrants rights coalition and share videos of themselves singing their favourite Hamilton songs. Celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes and ‘The Beguiled‘ Cast have already gotten in on the challenge.
Take a look at the music video below:
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